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Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by muss, Mar 17, 2008.

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  1. muss

    muss Feeling the Heat

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    My new pellet stove is gonna be installed this week & was wondering if their gonna have to put up a foot or more vertically once they punch thru my wall to outside or will they just let it stick out a couple inches & put on some kind of cap ? I've seen a couple pics where the soot collected on the side of the house when it was only sticking out a couple inches . I know awesumm has a 3' vertical on his but they tell me it's an extra expense for the venting pipe . Would really just like it sticking out a couple inches with a "snorkel" cap . What'cha all think ? Also, any harm or effect if i just leave the stove running on low constantly ? Thanks people

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  2. petejung

    petejung New Member

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    There shouldn't be any harm running the stove on low - mine pretty much runs on it's lowest setting 24x7, unless it's really cold outside.

    To extend the vent vertically isn't expensive(I paid about $30 for a 3' section of Duravent - but installed myself), and SHOULD be done. The vertical rise will induce natural draft (which you want in case of a power outage) and will help keep soot from building up along the wall of your home.
  3. MainePellethead

    MainePellethead Minister of Fire

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    Actually I have an 8' vertical pipe lol. In the future as $$ allows I will extend beyond the roof. I did it more as a precaution and not wanting to have to wipe soot off the siding.
  4. Philip

    Philip New Member

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    From what I've read on various posts in this forum, if you don't have at least 2' of horizontal on the outside of the house, you will most likely have a problem with soot on the siding. I would also think but don't know for certain, if you stick 3" outside the house, put on a tee and go up 3-5 feet but don't get away from or above the house siding you're still going to have a problem with soot.
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    I really wish dealers and manufacturer's would quit telling people that it's okay to just stick the vent straight out the wall. I guess they think it's a big selling point. :roll:

    Will the stove work with that set up? Yes. Will it fill your house with smoke if you have a power failure? Yes. Will it black your siding? Yes.

    I have 3' of vertical rise with a 90* and then another foot away from the wall before the cap but mine is still sooting the wall and the overhang because I didn't consider the direction of our winter winds and the soot gets blown back against the house. I'll be extending the vent above the roof this summer while kicking myself for not having done so in the first place.

    My advice is don't do a straight vent!
  6. MainePellethead

    MainePellethead Minister of Fire

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    I guess I'm kind of lucky....mine hasnt dirtied my gray siding at all......but I think maybe its hidden enough from the direct wind. But still am going to extend up above the roof sometime.
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    tinkabranc Minister of Fire

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    Doesn't help that some stove brochures show the stove sitting under windows.
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